When was the last time your website had a new lick of paint, giving it a fresh new look to keep up with the latest trends? When was the last time you tried something new to penetrate new markets? In the online world it’s important to stay ahead of the curve, and remain weary that it’s easy to fall behind very quickly.

With an ever changing online world the key design elements of websites, styles and technologies are constantly evolving; meaning you need to evolve with it. If you last updated your website 3 or 4 years ago, you’re probably behind on the latest trends including flat graphics and HTML5.

When it comes to checking out businesses online to order new services or products, the image of the business is critically important. Have you recently stumbled across a website which looks like it was designed in 2005 and thought, if they’re neglecting their website either they’re out of business or aren’t fully clued in? Don’t let that be your website, give it a new lick of paint frequently to keep the edge over your competitors and keep your clients coming back for more.

And you don’t have to go all out on flashy elements; just keep to the design queues of the day and remain practical.

New eBook Launched

dande1st.com have published the ebook version of Takeaway – the Sale of the Government Printing Office which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the first Government Asset Sale in New Zealand when on January 24, 1990, the Crown and Graeme Hart of the Rank Group signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement for the Government Printing Office that was to come into effect on January 31, 1990.

The signing of the Sale and Purchase Agreement was the beginning of the end of a poorly conceived sale process that was drawn out over two years. But even following the signing of the agreement it took a further 10 months before the Crown were able to fully complete their obligations which would allow Rank full management of the business. But the Agreement signed on January 24 allowed for the Rank Group to take all the profits of the business even though they had only paid a small deposit and during that time the GPO sales turnover was more than the profit the Government made on the sale of this business asset.

To make matters worse for the Crown, Rank managed to get out of paying any interest on the balance of the money owing when they offered to help finalise issues that the government departments and consultants responsible were having. This amounted to Rank saving a further $1.5 million. Rank also were able to save over $2 million off their original bid for the business following an audit after the sale. The purchase of this Government asset was the springboard that was to launch Rank into the country’s wealthiest investment business that 30 years on is worth more than the national debt reduction the assets sales programme was supposed to achieve.

Takeaway – The sale of The Government Printing Office revisits the GPO in the 1980s of change and looks at what went wrong with the sale process and the effects and aftermath the sale created for the business, that years later triggered a Commission of Inquiry due to the very poor sale result that was less than the cost of the sale process itself and led to a profitable printing, publishing and stationery business being sold for much less than it was worth.

Available now as an ebook.

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